Date: 9th August 2018 at 8:21pm
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Transfer deadline day has come and gone, without Bolton Wanderers signing anyone.

It has led to a mixed reaction, probably even a mainly negative reaction, lots are unhappy and even Ken Anderson described the day as “disappointing” in a Note from the Chairman. There was always going to be a piece written, I was just surprised we got it straight away and not tomorrow morning.

Others have looked at a bigger picture, with multiple signings made this summer, and despite worries of a squad full of loans, only Yanic Wildschut is a temporary acquisition.

The loan window remains open, and as Anderson points out, there is the opportunity to loan and then make it permanent at a later date. It’s also inevitable players such as a second goalkeeper would be anything other than a loan or fee in any case.

The bigger debate is how keen or able the current regime are to spend transfer fees, and even if Joe Garner had been bought today it would probably be a debate that would largely run on, of course Josh Magennis was bought too, but that still two purchases in three years. It’s progress but still baby steps. There are merits in not being held to ransom and trying to run the club on an even keel, but it is evident if that a higher calibre of player is wanted to improve the team, we rightly (or wrongly) would have to pay a lot more than we do now.

 

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